April 23, 2014

Afghan classic films to be screened in Busan Film Festival

By Sajad - Wed Oct 03 2012, 6:55 pm

The Busan Film Commission said Wednesday that it will open Asia’s first 3-D digital film production facility during an annual international film festival set to open in this southern port city this week.

South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival also plans to screen six classic Afghan movies once hidden in a wall to save them from the Taliban.

Movies made from the 1960s to the 1980s will be shown, including “Like Eagle,” a 1965 work about a wide-eyed girl traveling in Kabul. The films were hidden in a wall when the radical Islamist Taliban regime took power in the 1990s and banned most forms of entertainment, including movies. The films resurfaced in 2004 after the Taliban were ousted.

“These Afghan films shed a light on the lives of people in a country that we have only known as war-torn and once a hideout for Osama bin Laden,” said Kang Yu-jung, a South Korean film critic. “Their screening shows that this part of Asia has started to have an interest in the stories of Afghans, not just in the country’s political situation.”

The films were hidden in Kabul when the Taliban regime took power in the 1990s and banned most forms of entertainment, including movies.

The films resurfaced in 2004 after the Taliban regime was ousted.

The unveiling will be timed with the Busan International Film Commission (BIFCOM) to be held at the BEXCO convention center on Oct. 8-11, the commission said.

BIFCOM is part of the events at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) scheduled for Oct. 4-13.

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